The Kilgore Fire Department Fire Marshal was placed on administrative leave Monday after shooting a man who was threatening firefighters with a semi-automatic rifle over the weekend.
Kilgore Fire Marshal Brandon Bigos was placed on paid leave while the Texas Rangers and Kilgore Police Department, according to a news release fro mhte Kilgore Police Department.
The Kilgore Fire Department and Kilgore Rescue were called to a home fire at 1512 Peach St., about 1 a.m. Saturday, according to police.
The house was engulfed in flames and unoccupied when crews arrived.
While extinguishing the fire, a firefighter saw a person, identified as 39-year-old Kenny Wayne Davlin, of Kilgore, walking in the street carrying a handgun behind his back.
Davlin appeared to be very intoxicated to firefighters, and soon engaged in a scuffle with his wife who was seen attempting to disarm him and get him to go their nearby home, according to the release.
Bigos attempted to intervene and take Davlin into custody, but Davlin ran inside his house and came back out with an AR-15 rifle — pointing the rifle at the firefighters extinguishing the house fire.
Firefighters took cover behind fire trucks. Bigos shot Davlin, and he was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.
Davlin was discharged Sunday morning and taken into police custody about 10 a.m.
He was booked into the Rusk County Jail and charge with one count of aggravated assault against a public servant, a first-degree felony. He was arraigned Sunday by Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace Joe Sorrells, but no bond was set.
The Texas Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting with the house fire investigation, the release states.